- Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Musicrama/Koch
- ASIN: B0000DESZ1
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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'Karma Collection' kicks off (predictably) with Jakatta's current cover hit of 'Ever So Lonely', and then hits you with a lovely sequence of Dave Pike's classic 'Mathar' (currently on the Jamie Oliver ad), Nitin Sawhney's sublime 'Sunset' and into Stereo MC's, Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack's mix of 'Mustt Mustt'. Special spotter points for including the snake song from 'The Jungle Book' sung by Susheela Raman, and for finding 90's Indie stars Ride's most cosmic moment in 'Rolling Thunder'. It then goes a bit 'sonic cathedral' with Marta Sebestyn, Moby and the Aled Jones On Ecstacy vibe of Dusted, before riding out with mellow masters Zero 7.
Disc 2 is a bit deeper, with the odd Celtic moment thrown in (Clannad repositioned as veteran chill out masters - whatever next?); and has some sweet simple pleasures with Grant Lee Phillips and Horace Andy on 1 Giant Leap's 'Racing Away' and Bjork's barely there ethereal presence on 'Harm Of Will'. All this comes in a lovely red strokey tactile box, with pretty gold embossed letters. Will definitely look good on that Heal's coffee table.
In conclusion, if you are a real fan of global beats, chances are you've probably got a lot of these tunes already, possibly on other comps. However, if you don't want to pay £30 for a French import; and you just want to relax to some sensual and seductive sounds from around our planet, or you are looking to turn on a friend to something which is definitely fresher and cooler than Another Bloody Chillout CD, shell out now amigos!
The Karma Collection works for the simple reason that the Ministry knows their audience is the dance massive, and that audience wants an understandable, accessible entry into the ethnic sound. Much of these tunes are unabashedly floor friendly with a "worldly" instrument thrown in, a test of how much sitar you can sit through. Jakata's "So Lonely" is straight up charming psychedelic pop, dittos "Dave Pike's "Mathar." The lilting cabaret of Susheela Raman's "Trust In Me" beguiles, while Badmarsh & Shri's dreamy sunset ode "Sajanna" and Blue States's harp-filled folktronic remix of "Papua New Guinea" finally receives due recognition. This doesn't even include other hits by Nitin Sawhney, Dusted, and Zero 7.
Disc 2's where they crank the global dial, world chill far removed from the dance realm. There's mandatory Talvin Singh with a flute & breaks "Light," some floating symphonies courtesy of Ghostland and Craig Armstrong (the breathtaking "Weather Storm"), and for good measure some Celtic gospel courtesy via Clannad's 1985 track "Caislean Oir."
In fact, The Karma Collection has very few bumps in the road, barring the odd chanting ditty ("Mustt Mustt") or the spiritual sludge of Deepak Chopra's duff "Desire." Each disc has a completely different audience in mind, but the undeniable licensing muscle of Ministry of Sound insure at least one of these sets will connect with the listener.
There are two discs: disc 1 is a little more "Indian" sounding while disc 2 is somewhat lounge.
Overall it's a good, relaxing album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good mix between chill music with indian vibes plus a a few tracks clubby!!Published 3 days ago by s j wharton
Marvelous compilation. A must have for those collecting "The Karma Collection" series.Published 14 months ago by Ed
i enjoyed the music on this collection - excellent! Karma Collection by Ministry of Sound is a good series if you like this type of music.Published on April 9, 2014 by sfidaman
After searching long for a CD electronic this one made the grade and then some. One would be hard pressed to find better.Published on April 4, 2014 by Davidramsey
I originally bought this CD set in Ibiza, Spain. I was so disappointed when it got lost in a move, but so happy when I found it on Amazon. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Anne-Jeanne Rothchild
I'm a massive Chillout fan and forever searching for the most blissed out tracks imaginable to bring calm to the tension I feel inside. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Magic Lemur
I lost my original CD a few years back and it doesn't seem to available for sale anymore. So this 2nd hand version has been a blessing. Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by N. Salas
Ministry of Sound's second Karma Collection embarks on another excellent journey of the senses as only the experts of dance music can take you. Read morePublished on February 8, 2007 by Pink Noodle
If I could, I'd give this 4 1/2; since I can't, I gave a 4. For a large album, it does well. Only a few of the tracks are so-so, and even then, they are tolerable. Read morePublished on May 29, 2006 by CivProGeek
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